Sarawak

Sarawak is a literary mystery game set in Oxford and Borneo.

Overview

Sarawak is an interactive fiction adventure game developed by Cowleyfornia Studios. It is scheduled for release in early 2021.

Players assume the role of Mia Green, a tourist who finds herself solving puzzles set by a deceased university professor that take her from Oxford, UK to Sarawak, Malaysia.

Players are tasked with making conversational choices and solving image-based puzzles to uncover secrets that go back a generation and lead to present-day consequences.

Gameplay

The game begins with the protagonist, Mia, on holiday with her mom in Oxford, UK. Mia is informed that her mother has just been arrested in connection with the murder of a university professor, who has in turn has left clues around the city for the player to solve.

As the story progresses, it is implied that Mia's mother has not been straight with the truth, taking the player all the way to Sarawak to unravel even more secrets and learn about events that happened there that shaped the course of events leading to the arrest.

Gameplay is split between text-based, conversational choices and picture based puzzles, which need to be solved to progress the story.

The player makes text-based conversation choices and solves puzzles to progress
The player makes text-based conversation choices and solves puzzles to progress

The more the player unravels, the more conflicted they will become as they start to question what to do with the new reality they face.